At the 10:00am Family Eucharist on November 1st, we officially kicked off our twelve months of anniversary celebrations. At that service, our Church School Coordinator, with the help of the children, led volunteers—newcomers and old-timers, young and old—in layering coloured sand into an engraved glass vase. The act of pouring the sand and the resulting “sandscape” are a metaphor for all the many and diverse treasures and talents people have contributed over the years to building up and sustaining of All Saints. Every grain of sand helping to form the foundation, every grain of sand adding diversity and beauty.
It was a simple and poignant exercise, but something about seeing trembling old hands and fresh young hands eagerly cooperating to pour the sand left quite a few observers misty-eyed. It’s hard not to feel overwhelmed when we recall the legacy of all who have poured themselves into All Saints’ to make it an enduring presence in Whitby and a credit to God’s kingdom on earth.
The sandscape will remain in the chancel throughout the year as a symbol and a reminder of how rich and everlasting are our blessings and how grateful we remain for our proud history and bright future.